Tories take traditional Labour strongholds as Ukip collapses in local vote

Overall state of the parties at 07:00 graphic

Phillips said Labour would try to take comfort from the low turnout, expected to be doubled in a general election.

Conservative joy The Conservatives have effectively absorbed Ukip's vote, as well as attracting many Labour voters who backed Brexit or are disenchanted with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Economists are anticipating a rebound in job growth after an unexpected dip in March capped off what we now know was the worst quarter for the USA economy in three years.

'But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment'.

Meanwhile, the centrist Liberal Democrats - the most firmly pro-EU of Britain's major parties - failed to make the big gains they were hoping for in Thursday's vote.

"Only a Conservative vote at the general election will strengthen my hand to get the best Brexit deal", she told supporters.

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The party has won a majority of seats in Lancashire County Council.

If 30% of UKIP voters switch to the Conservatives this time, there are at least 17 Labour seats in danger, many of them in Labour's traditional northern heartlands - including Dewsbury, North East Derbyshire, Barrow and Furness, and Halifax.

The results sparked a furious reaction from the party's former donor Arron Banks, who said Ukip was "finished as an electoral force" under its current leadership.

It's been a great day for the Conservatives, a bad one for Labour and an even worse one for Ukip.

TV pundits made projections from the local votes to next month's general elections, estimating a Conservative majority of 48 seats in the House of Commons - well above the 330 seats in the last parliament, which had given the party a working government majority of just 17 seats.

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In his interview with the Standard, Mr Khan, who is seen by many as a future Labour party leader, also vowed to "stand up" for Londoners against income tax hikes after Labour hinted it could target those earning more than £70,000 and expectations the Tories could drop their "triple tax lock".

The party gained control of 11 councils for a total of 28 and added 559 new councilors across England, Scotland and Wales.

The main opposition Labour Party took a beating, losing scores of local councilors nationwide and suffering losses in its long-time stronghold of Wales.

Among the authorities which had declared their final results, Labour had control of nine councils and had lost control of seven.

A YouGov survey for The Times this week put the Tory lead at 19 points, Reuters reports, while the Press Association's latest poll of polls gives the party a 17-point lead, putting it on course to pick up 47 per cent of the vote.

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